In need of Rescue
I am a passionate advocate for rescue animals, I have experienced the needs and love of several rescued pets. My dog, now 7-year-old ‘Kiwi’ was so abused by a former male owner in her first year of life, That she would shake in fear at the sound of any deep Male voice. Our first 24 hours together was freighting for her and heartbreaking for me. Ultimately, I won her trust and love, and a few months later she was desensitized to the Male voices that once so frightened her.
I began this project curious about the needs of these pets who have fallen through the cracks during this Covid 19 period. I quickly discovered that of the 5 rescue kennels that I visited I was only allowed access to 1 where I might take photos. The other 4 sites were only allowing access to potential adaptors by appointment only as caution for Covid still remains a big concern.
Statistical study of the impact of Covid on Animal shelters conducted by affinity.org. [https://www.fundacion-affinity.org/en/observatory/study-impact-covid-animal-shelters-infographi] . reveal a mixed tale.
The sample included 102 animal shelters reporting’s during the period of April 2020. The data shows that 39% of the shelters reported a decrease in adoptions, while 22% of the shelters reported an increase, the remaining 39% reported no change. The numbers in lost or surrendered dogs was a bit more encouraging with 52% of the shelters reporting a decrees. (41% -No change / 7% increase). The resulting changes that these shelters have had to make appear to fall under the category as doing the best that they can. Yet, the issue of these lost and unwanted animals remains a great concern.
My Vist to the sites
The Kennel Tour (Ravenna Dog Warden)
The Kennel is loud with the sounds of frantic barking. There were 20 Cells in the Kennel and 16 of them were occupied. I was only allowed to photograph those who were cleared for adoption. The barking subsided after I waited a short period before attempting to take photos. Although humanly treated, I could not help but to equate the conditions of these innocent souls to that of incarcerated felons. Their desperation is evident in their behavior and is revealed on their faces.
When rescued owners get together they often speak of their adoption experience similarly, they often question “ Who Rescued Who”
“Who Saved Who”…Indeed.